Archive for ‘just decorating.’

March 12, 2011

One little change can light up a whole room

Today we made a little progress in the home improvement category. We finally found a great statement piece to hang on a blank wall in the foyer. And I’m so excited about it I had to share it with you tonight:


Thank you, Pier1!

November 22, 2010

Fun Etsy finds, just in time for the holidays

This roundup of my favorite etsy finds makes me wish I won the lottery. I’d be buying everyone’s Christmas gift online! (Although I admit, I’m thinking of making the jewelry display and chalkboard myself instead of spending more than $100 each! Sheesh.)

Etsy finds for the holidays

Clockwise from top left: 1. Distressed white jewelry display made from a printer’s tray by bluebirdheaven. 2. 1890 spoon bracelet by monpetitchouboutique. 3. his and her bike lamps by czechpub. 4. vintage coke crate from thehoarseduck. 5. birdcage pillow by Olive. 6. heart pillow by Olive. 7. baroque frame chalkboard by shabbymcfabby.

October 20, 2010

Hello? Any artists out there?

We’re redecorating over at chez C., and my newest obsession is framed sketches as wall art. Check out the sketches on the far wall of this photo (image fromĀ Classic Bride, but she doesn’t know who took the photo either):

While I don’t really want sad faces staring out at me, I’d love some 1920s fashion sketches to frame. I haven’t found any to buy yet, so any artists out there want to help me out? I’d love a copy of this, from the Brooklyn Museum:

Or this one:

Really, I’m not picky. I’d take any sketches, as long as they look beautiful on my photo ledge! Seriously, I’ll commission you to make these. Any takers?

August 26, 2010


…is what I am with stripes.

Seriously, I have never owned more striped clothing ever before. I think it all started when we were in Venice. Those gondoliers just looked timeless in their striped shirts.

But it doesn’t end there. I’m smitten with stripes everywhere…on a bag, on a chair, on the walls. THE WALLS. How awesome is this:

I absolutely love this photo. We’ve already established how much I love neutrals (and if you didn’t know, it’s a lot), and Jon and I are working on a similar collage of our wedding photos (bought all the frames…we just need to pick out which photos we want to print). But the stripes! Light gray (so chic) stripes paired with the curves of that attention-grabbing mirror. It looks a little vintage–I’m thinking Jane Austen’s era here–but at the same time clean, modern, and graphic. And so cozy. I want this in my house.

Check out more of this killer apartment over at

August 5, 2010

Blue pie safes and paper boats

I have decided that I should no longer live in a college boy’s house.

That’s essentially what our home is, since Jon’s been living here since law school and nothing has changed since then. Of course, he’s the ONLY guy I’ve ever known to choose to put floral prints on the walls as art…sigh. I think he got most of them for free from his work, but still.

And I’ve been living with it because Jon would rather save up and buy a real house (but where? we still haven’t figured that part out yet) instead of redecorating where we live now. Which makes a ton of sense, I know. But he’s also okay with the matching bedroom suit and plaid couches, and I am not.

So I’ve decided to take it in baby steps. I can’t change everything the way I want to, so I’ll just pick parts of it to work on in the meantime. And since it takes me ages to pick an overall vision (at least, it did with our wedding), I figure if I get started now I’ll have the whole decor set by 2015. So no rush. :)

And for now, I’m just searching for the right inspiration. I want our place to be beautiful, but look inviting and lived in, and have a little bit of quirkiness thrown in the mix too. And today I’m smitten with this pie safe, which I found over at the Newlywed Diaries (and she found this image in Country Home magazine):

That blue! AHHH. Just tucked inside that old cupboard. It would be such a nice surprise in a room with more muted colors. And instead of topping it with blue mason jars, I think I’d put some of these little guys on display:

These are some of Ann Wood’s paper mache boats: Mediterranean-inspired sailboats with lateen rigging. Ann’s an artist in New York who makes the cutest homespun knickknacks from rediscovered and rescued materials. If you want to give these a try, take a look atĀ her instructions. (I also think these would make a great wedding motif–I can just see these as part of the table centerpieces at a lakefront wedding. Don’t you agree?!)